CAULIFLOWER MUSHROOM

Sparassis crispa
CORAL FUNGUS FAMILY (Clavariaceae)

Description
This mushroom is shaped somewhat like a cauliflower with multiple lobes forming a fleshy cream to pale, yellow, light brown body on a central short thick root like stem. It becomes discolored as it gets older. The lobes are flattened, with divided branches. The lobes have wavy margins. It ranges from 6- 12 inches wide.

Occurrence
It is usually found growing at the foot of trees or on roots. It is found growing in summer and fall and sometimes in winter. It is rare in Fontenelle Forest. It can be common in wet summers but is rare in dry weather.

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